I came to Steve because I needed help with a business plan and general career advice. I picked Steve because he is a trusted leader in international taxation planning and representation. He works with high level officials for governments throughout the world. He is at the top of this industry in this regard and his knowledge and connections are invaluable.
Steve provided me with a clear, straightforward, insightful plan of how to both structure and to grow my business while staying out of legal trouble.
He counseled me based on decades of personal and industry experience, taking the time to tell stories that I will remember and have already passed on to others in my industry.
Finally, yes, I did ask Steve about the negative Yelp reviews. I actually walked into his office holding my ipad with the Yelp reviews on it. Steve explained each one to me. It turns out there is two sides to every story...Steve actually really helped a lot of people, but sometimes they misunderstood the process or were just venting on Yelp because taxes are stressful and good tax attorneys do cost money.
Personally, I have followed Steve's work and I can tell he is a very intelligent, honest, and extremely business-minded individual. He is good at what he does and he has worked very hard to get there, clearly.
Bottom line is make sure you are clear with your expectations of Steve and his firm. This is your responsibility as attorneys are business partners, not parents.
Also, yes, he is high priced because you get what you pay for. If you need high end legal representation or career/business planning it is priceless. If not, reconsider how your needs can and should be met.